From the Editor-in-Chief
Gouttes de Lait and The Milbank Quarterly
Article first published online: 6 MAR 2014
© 2014 Milbank Memorial Fund
Volume 92, Issue 1, pages 1–6, March 2014
How to Cite
MARKEL, H. (2014), Gouttes de Lait and The Milbank Quarterly. Milbank Quarterly, 92: 1–6. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12037
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 6 MAR 2014
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